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A letter by Peter Hulkenberd, entitled, "A Brief uit Noord- Amerika, Het Land van Belofte! aan de Nederlanders," Montgomerie [Alabama?]. 4 pp. He reports that he landed at New Orleans, stopped over in St. Louis for two days, stopped at "Hermann's, on April 16, was entertained by a "Mr. Tersang," and ran into the "Monnikus. There he purchased 150 acres "of which ten acres are usable and on which stand a good dwelling house, a tobacco barn, corn cribs, and a smoke-house for the smoking of meat." He paid $250 for the property. The land was better than found in "Rees" [Gelderlandfl. Schouten from Rees is also there. The major crop is tobacco. America is a great place to be. He hopes many relatives will come to America. Neither Lucas nor Van Hinte mention Hulkerberd.




Translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, June, 1976.

Description of the document and reference to the Gemeentearchief, Arnhem, by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


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Letter by Peter Hulkenberd